Common name: Coneflower Echinacea Purple Emperor

Height: 15-18 Inches
Spread: 12-16 Inches
Flower Color:  Pink shades  Purple shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8
Sun or Shade?: Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun) Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?: Low water needs Average water needs
Want to see wings?: Attracts butterflies Attracts songbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:: Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?: Medium
When should it bloom?: Midsummer Late summer
Looking for seasonal interest?: Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?: Poor Soil Average Soil Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?: Container/Patio Prairie Cottage Eclectic
 

‘Purple Emperor’ produces large, fragrant, saturated magenta purple blossoms on sturdy, well-branched stems that are held in perfect proportion to the bushy clump of deep green foliage.  As the flowers age, the tips of the petals turn a bit lighter pink but the center remains a bright magenta color. 

This coneflower creates a substantial presence in the garden when planted singly, but is absolutely incredible when planted en masse.

Praised for their cheerful brightly colored flowers, coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. Be sure to leave some spent blooms on the plants in the fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.